ATCO Gas franchise agreement approved

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Airdrie City council gave unanimous approval to the ATCO Gas franchise agreement bylaw at its Nov. 20 regular meeting. Council approved first reading of the bylaw April 3.

The agreement the City has with ATCO is for the provision of natural gas to the city’s residential, commercial and industrial properties. The City’s previous 10-year agreement with ATCO expired Sept. 4. According to Shannon Schindeler, City of Airdrie manager treasury and utility administration, the agreement remains in effect for one year after expiration to allow the two parties to negotiate a new agreement.

With council’s approval of the bylaw, the franchise agreement went into effect Nov. 20 at the current rate of 29.60 per cent for the remainder of 2017. The bylaw was previously approved Sept. 28 by the Alberta Utilities Commission.

AUMA Conference

Council was provided with information regarding the 15 resolutions to be discussed at the Alberta Urban Municipalities of Alberta (AUMA) convention in Calgary Nov. 22 to 24. Leona Esau, intermunicipal liaison, outlined the resolutions and provided feedback from administration on how each might impact the city. Council unanimously approved accepting the report for information.

Cobblestone Creek

A request from Urban Systems on behalf of the landowners/developer of the Cobblestone Creek neighbourhood in southwest Airdrie to rezone a 0.67 acre portion of the development to a mix of semi-detached and detached homes was unanimously approved.

The change would maintain the number of units on the site at 16; however, rather than all being detached homes, eight of them would be semi-detached units.

According to Gail Gibeau, senior planner with the City of Airdrie, the request was made in order to allow the developer to build a mix of housing styles on the property.

Procedural Changes

City council was asked by administration to approve some minor changes to the Procedural Bylaw. According to Sharon Pollyck, director of the chief administrative officer’s office, the amendments included changes to names. For example, one amendment is changing “Council’s Ethical Guidelines of Conduct” in Paragraph 64 to read “the Elected Officials’ Code of Conduct Bylaw.” This amendment reflects approval of the Code of Conduct Bylaw by the previous council Sept. 18.

Council unanimously approved the proposed amendments to the Procedural Bylaw.

Correspondence

Council considered two pieces of correspondence it received. The first was a request from Volunteer Airdrie to proclaim Nov. 28 as GivingTuesday in Airdrie. GivingTuesday is a National Giving Day established in Canada in 2013, intended to encourage residents to give their time or talents. Council unanimously approved this request.

The second request was made by a resident who asked council to conduct a menorah lighting ceremony at City Hall leading up to Hanukkah. Because any ceremony would need to be organized by an organization and not an individual resident, council voted to file the request for information and not approve the ceremony.

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